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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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How long is the recovery period after rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff repair: Surgery to re-attach a torn rotator cuff tendon typically takes 6 weeks for preliminary healing of tendon to bone. At 6 weeks, the sling is discontinued. Physical therapy is helpful initially to regain range of motion of the shoulder. Once rom has been restored, aditional pt to regain strength and function. By 6 months, most patients are pretty functional. Full recovery 9-12 months. Good luck! ...Read more

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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more


Dr. Paul Cohen
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How long do I need to go to physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery?

How long do I need to go to physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery?

Depends: The course of physical therapy depends upon the severity of your presumed tear; and the competence of the operating surgeon, and the skill of the physical therapist. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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How long would it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

How long would it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

6 mo: Having had 5 cuff surgeries i can tell u it is long & hard. After immobilization and starting pt the next day u r stiff sore & weak. I think it is easily 6 mo or more, up 2 a year sometimes 2 ur end of rehab, and ur not back 2 ur normal self as far as activities r concerned. Listen 2 ur ortho, pt, work hard on ur hep, and b patient but persistant. ...Read more

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Dr. David Trettin
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How long does it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

How long does it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

6 months: All our patients are treated arthroscopically despite the size of the rot. Cuff tear.Almost all our patients are 'released' @ 6 months post-op.This means they can return to full activitites.Some people continue to improve their strength up until 1 yr. Post-op...Sling use is generally for the first 4 weeks after surgery and rehab can last 4-10 wks. Depending on size and chronicity of tear.Gl! ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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How long does it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

A realistic goal-: -6mos 2 get motion and strength back requires dedicated PT daily work @ home. Ur shoulder will never B as before but with a lot of early work on passive ROM, @ 5-6 wks gentle act/assist exercise, supervised, then gradually active 4 strength, again supervised. By 8-12 wks U have 2 continue to push 4 ROM & strength. By 6 mo any improvement comes very slowly. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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I have had open rotator cuff surgery and 2 anchors installed on my right shoulder, how long should I wait to have the left one done?

Wait until full func: Wait until you have full or near full function of this shoulder first. Typically around three months, but could be longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Berg
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Is surgery for a rotator cuff minor tear really needed? How long is the surgery? How many days will she be in the hospital? Recovery process?

Is surgery for a rotator cuff minor tear really needed? How long is the surgery? How many days will she be in the hospital? Recovery process?

Second opinion: Rotator cuff tear has options for care. Start with physical therapy. Add laprascopic repair if not better. Okay to talk with your primary, your surgery team and a second opinion to get a full understanding of your options. Be well. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Let me explain: Diabetes is a multisystem disorder that affects the wound healing process. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is important as hyperglycaemia has been correlated with impaired wound healing (senior, 2000). In order to optimise wound-healing potential, patients should be encouraged to achieve target levels for glycated haemoglobin and sugar level. ...Read more

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